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On This Day… A Book That Changed The World!

Written by: George Chittenden : 13 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 24th November, back in 1859 when British naturalist Charles Darwin published his ground-breaking book, Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Darwin’s theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called natural selection. The idea of organic evolution was not new, but it wasn’t until Charles Darwin that science presented a practical explanation for the miracle that is evolution.

Darwin acquired most of the evidence for his theory during a five-year expedition aboard the HMS Beagle in the 1830s, during which he was fortunate enough to visit such diverse places like New Zealand and even the Galapagos Islands. He formulated his theory of natural selection as early as 1844, but he delayed publishing out of fear that his work so obviously contradicted the biblical account of creation.

Then In 1858 a fellow naturalist named Alfred Russel Wallace independently published a paper that essentially summarized Darwin’s theory. This forced Charles Darwin’s hand. He gave a joint lecture with Wallace on evolution in London, before finally publishing one of the most famous books in history, and surprise, surprise it sold out immediately!

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